Mole evolved via Mexican pianist Mark Aanderud and Argentinian drummer Hernan Hecht's alliance back in the early 2000s. With eminent New York City-based guitarist David Gilmore and Mexican bassist Jorge "Luri" Molina rounding out the energized quartet, What's The Meaning is an inspiring debut outing. Briskly moving amid some high-impact detours and buoyant time signatures, the band forges an acoustic-electric colossus and flirts with disparate genres along the way. Strong compositions, clever arrangements and fiery outbreaks elevate the album into stratospheric regions, but "Trees and the Old New Ones" imparts temperance, warmth and accentuates the musicians' deep-rooted compassions.
Molina's somber arco-bass passage launches the piece, followed by his cohorts' soft accompaniment. It's a pensive ballad, spiced with a memorable hook and introspective attributes. With his dark-toned electric guitar lines, Gilmore's improvisational solo takes on searching qualities, where the band surges ahead with deftly implemented mosaics and flourishing harmonic output. Here, Aanderud sprinkles lyrically resplendent theme-shaping melodies over-the-top, as the band morphs its bridge back into the opening cadenza with grace and poise, for a piece that vividly offsets many of the program's electrifying episodes.
Personnel: Mark Aaanderud: piano; Hernan Hecht: drums; David Gilmore: guitar; Jorge "Luri" Molina: bass.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.